Teen Driving | Three Tips To Keep Teen Safe Behind The Wheel

Teen Driving | Three Tips To Keep Teen Safe Behind The Wheel

My goal as a parent is to keep my kids little forever, lol.  Okay, not really!  However i do wish I could keep them little, becaseu then I would know I can always protect them.  Sadly they must grow up!  My goal as a parent is to guide my children in the right direction, be there for them, love them, and support them.  My oldest daughter is about to start driving.  Talk about scary!  I not only worry about what my daughter does while I’m not in the car, but about everyone around her.  Like many other poeple we have lost lvoed ones due to car accidents, and drunk drivers.  The thought of our little girl being out there is scary.

Teen Driving | Three Tips To Keep Teen Safe Behind The WheelMy husband and I start teaching all our kids how to drive early.  My kids have been driving on our laps from the time they are old enough to sit there, and as they get older we teach them more.  The last thing I want is my kid to be unexperienced when it comes to turning, stopping, going, etc.  There is so many other things she needs to learn about, such as how to drive in traffic.  NOT use her cell phone!  OMG, see I’m freaking myself out all ready lol.

Did you know that summer is the deadliest time of year for teenage motor fatalities?  We want our kids safe, which is why I wanted to share following tips from National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) can help keep your teen safe, and possibly save you money on insurance.

  • Be sure to openly talk about your expectations and rules when you teen is behind the wheel, such as NO texting and driving (scary), or talking on their cell phones while driving.  maybe tell them to wait until they are able to pull over to answer or use the phone.  While I love my cell phone, they scare me while driving.  Maybe you can consider negotiating a Teen Driving Contract that requires your teenager to avoid driving dangers, such as texting, drinking and driving, not wearing a seat belt, etc.  Did you know the NAIC has a customizable online Teen Driving Contract?  They sure do and you can learn more about it by clicking here.
  • Accidents happen!  I know it’s the last thing we want to happen, but when they do we need to be sure our teens know the proper steps to take to stay safe and protect their identities when exchanging information for a claim.  To help you with this the NAIC has a FREE Wrech Check app that walks you through what to do, and what not to do after you have been in an accident.  It will help you collect necessary information on the spot, then immediately emails a report to your home and insurance agen.  You can find this app by visiting  iTunes® and Google Play®.
  • Another thing many parents might worry about is how much their insurance will go up after adding a teen driver.  Adding a teen driver to your insurance can get pricey.  Make sure both you and your teenage driving understand all the insurance implications of how even minor fender-benders can add up.  If you would like more information you can visit NAIC’s website by clicking here.

Insureuonline.org has great information to help get parents and teens educated about the risk of unsafe driving.

My teen behind the wheel scared me.  What are some other great tips you can give moms like me?

 

Teen Driving | Three Tips To Keep Teen Safe Behind The Wheel

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  2. Rita says

    Great tips! I have a teen driver and would highly recommend having a Safe Drive Systems device installed in the car. No matter how much we teach our kids about safe driving, we cant be with them all the time. This systems makes me feel like im with her even when im not :)

  3. Angela Cash says

    I love the idea of both the Teen Driving Contract and the Wreck Check app. Parents cannot always be in the vehicle with their teens (though I’m sure many wish they could.) The best approach is to make sure they are prepared for any eventuality.

  4. Michelle Tucker says

    I think it’s important to show by example how to safely drive. That means no cell phones, buckling up, and following traffic laws. These simple things can save a life.

  5. Dalores Lounds says

    My daughter will be 16 soon. There is a lot for her to learn before she starts driving! I will make sure she doesn’t use a phone while driving.

  6. Ronnie Owens says

    It comes easier for us country folks just take your kid and the old farm truck out to the pasture and let them get a lot of driving under their belt.

  7. ericka coello says

    unfortunately some teenagers think they are smart enough to get away with almost anything without bad consequences. It’s up to us, grown-ups and parents, to give good examples and create boundaries for them.

    • says

      So true… I was that way once, and that is what scares the crap out of me lol… I hope my daughter is smarter than I was, and I hope I’m doing a good job teaching her.. It’s hard, all we can do is love them, teach them and pray…

  8. Rebecca Parsons says

    It is so nerve wracking when your child starts driving. I have 2 that have had an accident (hitting a dear) and they did very good when it comes to not panicking. They both are really good when it comes to cell phones, so I don’t worry about that.

  9. Laura J says

    Oh this was such a great read and so informative! I think all teens should read this! Very alarming that so many teens know texting while driving is dangerous yet so many said they had done it. My tip would be to buckle up and turn your phone off until you arrive at your location!

  10. Jessica Towsley says

    Wish I could tell you to be calm,, but you are so right! Now, I’m freking out and my oldet isn’t even 10! However, his father is teaching him about driving safely, by leting him drive around our personal property with his assistance of course! Scared for you!

    • says

      OMG, I know it’s soooooo scary… I think the main thing I stress over is everyone else on the road… so Scarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyy.. Thank you for your comment

  11. cheryl lister says

    Teaching children to drive is so hard. It made me very nervous, fortunately, only one more to go.

  12. says

    It is so important as parents that we model the behavior we expect our children to do. Adults do not need to be texting and driving. Our Children are always watching even when you think that they aren’t.

  13. lynn o. says

    The teens will hate me for saying this but there ARE phones out there that do not have the texting function. When they’re learning to drive, they should have one of these types of phones.

  14. lisa leonard says

    we just added our 17 year old to our policy it went up 60 dollars a month. thank god my son is very responsible first thing he does is seat belt then he says mom,im not going until you put your seat belt on

  15. Kathy Wilson says

    Ya know, this isn’t just for teens….I see people of all ages texting and driving……everyone needs to make use of these tips and pass them on!

  16. Paige Kelley says

    Having a teenager can be scary when they start driving. And it doesn’t get easier as they get a little older. I have a 22 year old son and it can still be scary. I try and explain my fears to him but he’s 22 and they always think they know it all and it can’t happen to them.

  17. says

    I think that teens don’t take driving seriously. Unfortunately teens think that nothing bad will happen to them, that they are “expert” texters. I think that ALL schools should teach drivers ed and parents need to spend a lot of time with their teens. These are some great tips, thanks for sharing and talking about such a serious topic.

  18. Michelle S says

    I have an almost 14-year old who we talk to about driving. I try to point out careless drivers and both our kids saw Mom & Dad report a dangerous driver on the highway. I think it will help that my husband is a former police officer.

  19. Sherry Compton says

    Open communication is very important. Driving is a huge responsibility, and kids don’t always realize that. Lots of things can happen and rules have to be set, but they did proactice at driving. They need to know that accidents just happen. Everyone does something stupid sometime and they can always come to you. Get in lots of driving hours with your child to get them comfortable behind the wheel and comfortable with your rules.

  20. Linda Childers says

    The best is to Not text and drive and when I was learning how to drive we did not have cell phones and when my daughter who is now 37 did not have a cell phone then, but now she and my grandkids do and I know she will teach them about not Texting and Driving to keep them safe.

  21. marissa lee says

    thank you for all the tips..my sister is 16 and she wants to go for her learners permit..me and my dad gives her lessons on driving and the rules of the roads..she is getting use to being behind the wheel..we tell her not to let anything or anyone distract her.

  22. Gail Williams says

    Very wonderful infographic. My Granddaughter will be driving in 2 years and I am sure I will be also helping her learn. I taught my 3 daughters how to drive. This is such good information I will just have to pin it to Pineterest!!!

  23. patricia Dugan says

    While we didn’t have cell phones when I was learning to drive, my parents stressed safety and spent much of the practice time teaching me how to deal with problems from how to get out of a skid on ice to how to change a tire and check my oil.

  24. Courtney T says

    I don’t have kids yet so this isn’t specifically a worry for me. But I am actually scared of driving myself. I just don’t like to do it, but I know I will eventually have to get over it. I’ll keep these tips in mind. The app sounds great. I just hope I would remember to use it if I ever did get into a car accident.

  25. Karin DiNarda says

    I have grown kids,. I’m glad they didn’t have texting available to them when they first started to drive. We need to keep this kids safe and any way we do it is a great help. Thanks for the tips.

  26. says

    My daughter got her learners permit last month. We are going over driving rules and to beaware of the other driver. Get an oil change every three months and check tire pressure monthly.

  27. Stephanie Lashbrook says

    Very good tips to keep in mind. Also teens need to keep in mind what they need to do and not do in order to keep their permit or license. Some states have put more restrictions on their ability to get these now. I know one is that they are not allowed to have a friends in the car with them when carrying a permit. They can only go to work or school and other times have to have an adult who is licensed. Knowing these rules will help them immensely. I also know that taking driver’s ed is beneficial for their license and insurance.

  28. Dawn Sweeps says

    These are great tips and pointers. I think if you can eliminate cell phone influence our teems are twice as safe.

  29. LadyVampire says

    I don’t have kids but I think my folks might have felt safer teaching my hyper, energetic brother how to drive if they had seen this.

  30. Sara says

    It sounds like you and your husband are doing a great job. I like that you started teaching them at a young age , My grand daughter is 15 years old I am going to keep these tips for a reference guide.

  31. Ella B says

    I wish from my own experiences that I’d had more nstruction! I didn’t want to deal with the backlash or what ever that would come with enteertaining the idea of lettong my kid sit on my lap to steer while I go 3-5 an hr. in a flat empty parking lot. sigh* But I stand by my conviction that I should’ve learned to drive in a safe controlled setting way before 16. I actually let my son drive an old tractor (W/ BLADES REMOVED!! LoL there’s no f’in way…) with him on my lap and now alone while I walk next to him. & we go very slowly (walking pace) – the tractor is set up in a way that that is the only speed & cannot be increased.. He learns his left & rt, how to plan a turn in enough time, how to be observant of things 10 ft in front of him. We do this at friend’s large farm where there’s lots of property & fields. He loves it but I do have educational agenda.. I now see why doing this same thing in a regular car is not ideal. At his young age, (4). I don’t want him to think the car is a place for playing, he’ll want to do it all the time, and may even try to do it on his own or some sosmething! I am fortunate enough to have a setting & equipment that allows me to keep the activity separate from the car but still teach the same things (for the most beginning levels of coure). I don’t wnat to try to teach a “know-it-all” teen chomping at the bit for independence in this digital age & risk him not fully attending to lessons that need to become solid habits.2nd nature. I feel really good about this & am glad I can do this with my son after reading this.

  32. Ella B says

    I wish from my own experiences that I’d had more nstruction! I didn’t want to deal with the backlash or what ever that would come with enteertaining the idea of lettong my kid sit on my lap to steer while I go 3-5 an hr. in a flat empty parking lot. sigh* But I stand by my conviction that I should’ve learned to drive in a safe controlled setting way before 16. I actually let my son drive an old tractor (W/ BLADES REMOVED!! LoL there’s no f’in way…) with him on my lap and now alone while I walk next to him and we go very slowly (walking pace).. He learns his left & rt, how to plan a turn in enough time, how to be observant of things 10 ft in front of him. We do this at friend’s large farm where there’s lots of property & fields. He loves it but I do have educational agenda.. I now see why doing this same thing in a regular car is not ideal. At his young age, (4). I don’t want him to think the car is a place for playing, he’ll want to do it all the time, and may even try to do it on his own or some sosmething! I am fortunate enough to have a setting & equipment that allows me to keep the activity separate from the car but still teach the same things (for the most beginning levels of coure). I don’t wnat to try to teach a “know-it-all” teen chomping at the bit for independence in this digital age & risk him not fully attending to lessons that need to become solid habits.2nd nature. I feel really good about this & am glad I can do this with my son after reading this.

  33. lisa lo says

    Keep cell phone off! Don’t speed. Please choose a safe car not like one I had that stalled anytime it felt like it and you lose your brakes and steering as they lock up. Utterly unsafe.

  34. Kim B says

    Oh the memories this article unearthed. I remember when my now 23 yr old daughter took driver’s training. They do not give them enough behind the wheel experience to be issued a permit. The states leave the “real” teaching to the parents.

    My son is just starting driver’s training. 3 weeks, 4 days a week, 2 hours a day in class, 2 hours a week behind the wheel. I’m paying 265.00 for this child to essentially have 24 hours in a class room and 6 hours behind the wheel before they are throwing him back in my lap to teach him responsible driving. Crazy!

    Take heart parents who have teens starting to drive. You have the control. Drive with them, even though at times you’ll try to put your foot thru the floorboards looking for the break or have a near meltdown when they are attempting a turnabout or a left hand turn. You’ll make it (ya might have a couple grey hairs). Keep allowing them the drive time – at all different times of the day and night. They need every, single second of practice that you are willing to give them. Oh – and when they’re ready – let their friends come along, you’ll be surprised at how they will act.

    Good luck and God Bless – belt up parents ;-)

  35. Tiffany Saylor says

    Jumper cables and a towel and blanket were something i carried with me at all times. Never know when you will needa jump or someone else will and most teenage guys aren’t taught this and i don’t know how many guys I’ve had to give a jump to lol. A towel its handy in lots of scenarios and a blanket is good if you ever beak down in the winter

  36. PATTI SALINGER says

    SOMETIMES I AM GLAD THT I DON’T HAVE CHILDREN.. I WORRY SO MUCH ABOUT MY NEICES AND NEPHEWS WHEN THEY DRIVE….BUT THEY ARE GREAT KIDS AND HAVE GOOD HEADS ON THEIR SHOULDERS.

  37. Stephanie Parten says

    Both of my kids drive, and it scares me a lot. I have custody of my 8 yr old grandson, and that scares me when it’s time for him to start driving.

  38. suzanne w. says

    Thank you for the tips! My dad taught me how to drive and we didn’t have to worry about texting then. Makes me feel old. Lol! I try to be a good example to my children and I won’t even answer my phone while driving and I hope that they will do the same. I also didn’t start driving till I was 18 or 19 because I just didn’t feel comfortable about it and so I do agree with you on that aswell. :) thank you for sharing!

  39. Alicia Som says

    While my children are still very young, I can’t even imagine having to go through letting them drive. I am hoping that I have been consistent enough in my parenting that they know the rules and that what is expected of them. Of course they are going to have to earn the right to drive by actions, words and lots of education and practice! I can only teach my child so much, it will ultimately be up to them to follow the rules and the laws. I also cannot control other drivers and that scares me to pieces! Good luck to your family!

  40. Wehaf says

    Teens tend to believe they are infallible, so it is important to stress to them that they need to watch out not only for their own behavior (which they think will be perfect) but for that of other drivers as well.

  41. Deborah D says

    Make sure that the teenage driver knows the basic laws of driving learning how to drive is not enough.

  42. Shemp DeYoung says

    The car never moves until everybody has their seatbelts on. I think the biggest challenge when my kids start driving will be keeping off their phones.

  43. Carolyn Colley says

    these are very good tips, I’m thankful that my kids are all grown up, but before we know it the grandchildren will be driving

  44. says

    Thanks for all the great tips. My son is 23 now and has had his license since 16. He has always been a great driver following all the rules. He doesn’t text or talk on the phone, he has a satellite speaker/caller system in his car which insures the hands on the wheel and face foward.

  45. Helen May says

    It’s rough when kids are learning to drive, even the most reliable are apt to goof off while driving. My sister was telling me she used to change her clothes while driving! I think parental supervison and lots of heartfelt talks could help.

  46. Karey Smith says

    I have an 18 year old son who drives and I’m still not completely comfortable with it. Kids won’t tell you everything. I’m always nervous to text him while he is out and about.

  47. Mia says

    Safe driving is so important for teens (and everyone else too)! I’m glad you’re bringing attention to it!

  48. leslie Harris says

    my younger brother in law needed some work on his driving skills, he had 4 BAD accidents before he was 20.

  49. Jessica B says

    Thanks for the tips as my little brother will be driving very soon! They grow up so fast!!! Keep your cell phone in the trunk to avoid texting or making/accepting calls!

  50. velma murphy says

    my daughter she just got her driver license last summer and the thing is i told her not to text or talk on her cell phone and she said i wont so she turns her cell off until she is done driving and i like u r page it is good job.

  51. says

    My daughter will be learning to drive in just a couple of years. We are already talking to her and setting limits for outings. I am a bit scared to trust her driving, but I know that it’s part of growing up.

  52. ocifferdave says

    LOL

    We *just* started working on getting our 15.5yo daughter’s Learner’s Permit. Good timing on this article with the giveaway. Thanks!

  53. Laurie Nykaza says

    don’t use the cell phone in the car is the big tip i have while driving and not to many friends in the car either.

  54. Marti Parks says

    I’m thinking that a really good solution would be for teens to put the phone in the backseat when they get in the car. that way there is no temptation to text or talk.

  55. Stephanie Brown Eversole says

    Be a good example, even when your children are very young. If you wouldn’t want your kid to do something behind the wheel (texting, running “orange” lights, speeding), don’t do it while you’re driving.

  56. Hideki Yamada says

    I did stupid things when I was a teenage driver, and I certinaly hope that, as a lucky survivor, I can impart knowledge and wisdome 30 years later to the teenage drivers of today. Remember: It is not just your life, but lives of other drivers amd your families too (if you do not come home). I did not think about this when I was around your age. You have a chance to.

  57. Tim Coats says

    There was a Commercial I seen The Other Day with Texting Built Into A Car , Don’t Do That Either!

  58. Melisa Stunkel says

    My good friend currently has three teenagers, it’s very important they know how to be safe, texting and driving, any use of cell phones is what worries me the most.

  59. Kimberly Schotz says

    My both of my older children waited until they were 18 to get their license. The best tip we used was to pay for driving school for them. The professional really helped.

  60. NANCY MUSSER says

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE TIPES AND ALSO FO THE GIVEAWAY. MY BABY WILL BE 20 IN JANUARY AND I WORRY MYSELF TO DEATH EVERY TIME HE WALKS OUT THE DOOR. MY BEST ADVICE AS A PARENT IS TO MAKE SURE HE ALWAYS HAS HIS CELL PHONE ON HIM AND FULLY CHARGED, TWO HAVE SOME CASH ON HAND, THREE ALWAYS CARRY A JUG OF WATER, A BLANKET, FLASHLIGHT AND JUMPR CABLES AND A GAS CAN IN THE CAR AT ALL TIMES. AND ALWAYS CHECK IN WITH ME.

  61. Dawn k says

    Its a scary driving world today. I teach my kids good habits, and have trusted them to be the driver. I’d much rather have them behind the wheel. Plus, no more than two others in the car.

  62. Mindy Coffey says

    I do n not like the thought of my fourteen year EVER driving when he turns sixteen or 22 LOL, people here where I live stop at green lights & gun it at red lights & SO unattentive & always more adults texting too, but this is great info, thank u

  63. Joann Matthews says

    I am far from my daughter driving but a vision of what is to come for how many phones and distractions there are sure make me wish she grows slow but these posts give me hope for future drivers good luck to all parents

  64. says

    that your for the tips my nephew is at that age I know my brother will make sure he knows the rulees no texting , don’t drink and drive all these hints you gave are good.

  65. Jeanne Hollenstein says

    Hi, Please trust me when I say, this doesn’t get any easier as a Grandparent. We have a granddaughter who is now driving and has been for a year. We worry about her all the time. Her Granpa (my husband) taught her drive out here on the farm, however her normal environment for driving is in a big city, so yes, we worried. She is a very good driver, its the texting we worried about, we talked with her, her parents talked with her, and she is really good about NOT doing that, and so are all her friends, they all have an agreement to wait until the car is stopped, before they look at the message and we are trusting them to keep their word. Thats about all we can do, is TRUST THEM!! We do Pray a lot for her and her friends safety, other than that, we’ve all educated her, so now its up to her and the Good Lord.

  66. Donna Barnes says

    Another good tip is to always remind your kids to be very careful who they ride in a car with not someone that has been drinking

    I have always told my daughters to go to a bathroom and call me if they are ever in an uneasy situation and I will come get them not questions asked. Thankfully they have never called me.

  67. TawndaM says

    The most important thing to remember when your child reaches 16… just because they were BORN 16 years ago does NOT grant them the maturity to handle everything that goes on at once in a car… I know 16 yos who are more like 6… and then there is the few who are more like 36… It’s a judgement call… don’t let yourself be bullied into putting someone behind the wheel just ‘because all their friends drive’… or, worse yet… because you don’t want to be bothered with THEIR running around as long as they are tucked into bed at night…

  68. Sarah B says

    Thanks for the post!! My dad was always adamant that I learned how to drive a stick shift. His theory was that he knew I was responsible and if I was ever in a situation in which my friend drove (and drove a stick shift) he wanted me to be able to drive it home. I am thankful for that, plus its nice bragging rights these days to know how to drive a manual ;)

  69. Michelle Proper says

    My #1 rule when both my children got their license was no friends for their first 50 hours of driving…therefore no distractions. I then allowed them to have 1 friend drive with them and I’m proud to say they have both become responsible drivers. They also had to sign a contract that no texting or talking on the phone was allowed or no car!

  70. says

    My children are all grown but worry about the grandkids as they start driving, always tell them to call if they need a ride home from a bad situation, etc.

  71. jessica says

    Thanks for the post! I had my brother read it too since he’s been itching to drive already!

  72. Stephanie B says

    Go over basics, not just safety driving tips. Such as, actually having them change a tire, put in gas, what to do if you break down, etc. Driving is scary enough to a new driver, but worrying about “what ifs” is even worse. Especially if they are driving a used car.

  73. Mia Dentice Carey says

    It doesn’t seem as tho many school have driver’s ed any more but I would highly suggest/recommend finding some sort of driving school for your child. The BONUS is usually your insurance will give you a break on that teen driver premium/also ask your insurance if they discount for good student.

  74. Pamela Halligan says

    Thanks for the great tips and intoducing me to a handy app. Tips I’d add is to not allow teen drivers to chauffeur friends for a good while. Stressing the importance of not texting while driving is imperative – if caught, shoukd be a substantial punishment involved.

  75. Angela H says

    Like you, I trust my daughter on the road, its all the other crazy drivers out there that scare me!! She attends college out of town and drives back and forth alot so I’m worried more often than not!

  76. Heather Adamson says

    My daughter is 21 and lives on her own but teaching her to drive scared the crap out of me. The other day I was riding in HER car with HER and she picked up the phone to read a text, I made her pull over and spent 30 minutes lecturing her on the safety of non distracted drivers.

  77. md Kennedy says

    The rules in our house: 1) Seatbelt on before the car is started, 2) hands on the wheel, 3) eyes on the road. Period, No coffee, no phone.

  78. melody c says

    My kids are grown and driving on thier own for quite some time now.. Serving in the USA airforce and son living in Japan where they have to drive opposite then the USA..

  79. Betty Roop says

    I’m a Grandma now after raising 2 sons. Now I have a Grandson driving and I worry about him now, now i have I have 7 Grand children thay will be driving. All I have to say is tell them to be careful and put it in God’s hands and pray alot.

  80. Adrienne Sydnor says

    I attempted to teach my daughter how to drive. She almost took the fence out in the back yard. Her dad is now teaching her and I have signed her up for driving school.

  81. says

    I would say don’t let them go on any long trips until they and you are very secure in their driving. My dad made me drive everywhere in my 1st year and I got into a lot of accidents. I was easily distracted and long trips made it worse.

  82. says

    very heartfelt post I myself has a brother lost due to drunk driving many people do not know the dangers asscociated with driving and are ill prepared for the unexpected so I wish there was a different system we can install to make the roads safer

  83. samyra says

    I really think it’s important for parents to treat driving as a privilege, kids shouldn’t expect it. It is very important to set limits and monitor children

  84. Linda Szymoniak says

    After learning the rules of the road and getting a safe car to drive, the two things anyone need to keep in mind most are common sense and common courtesy.

  85. Erica C says

    Jason has been driving for a year now. I am thankful that Florida has time restrictions. He must be home with the car by 11pm. While he had his permit, he had to be with a licensed driver over 21. He begged us to let him drive by himself, but we were adamant that he follow the law. He survived, despite the many attempts followed by, but my friends do it lol.

  86. Rebecca Parsons says

    Great tips… I have had the scary call when on vacation that my daughter hit a dear. She was freaking out but calmed down when I talked her through what to do. She also slid off of the road this past winter and that freaked her out but she calmly followed my steps and she did great. Nothing scares you worse than when you get the call that your child was in a vehicle accident but their instincts do kick and they do just fine.

  87. Kelly D says

    I have no tips because my kids are too young, but looking back on my teenage driving years I think I would limit my kids to driving with just one friend at a time for less distractions.

  88. Rita M says

    It sounds like parental involvement is vital to getting young people to be safe drivers! I can’t use the info personally, but I hope anyone who does takes all the tips to heart.

  89. Dorothy Teel says

    I remember telling my boys when we moved to Oklahoma from Atlanta that they were lucky cause if they were in Atlanta I would not let them drive at all and in Oklahoma there was not near as much traffic, I remember even then being scared of when they started driving. But they all (4) did great and I even have one son who drives tractor trailer trucks. – (You were just figurately talking when you said the kids were on your laps young, cause please don’t ever do that all children need to be seat belted in. but to talk and instruct and tell they why you do something while driving is very important and sets in teaching for our children.

  90. Debbie Welchert says

    What great tips. Some insurance companies provide cards with all of the questions you need to ask if you get in a wreck. Which is really nice.

  91. Crystal W says

    My son just turned 16 but doesn’t have his license yet (his choice) but I’m definitely downloading the contract and I’m even going to download the what to do do in an accident app (for my son and for me!)

  92. donna says

    glad my sons are older now but now my grandson is about to drive and he said nana I will always be careful

  93. lisa says

    Insurance does go up quite a bit. I think that the child should be made to make up the difference. After the rates go down because they are a good driver the more they save.

  94. natalie parvis says

    People used to ask my parents if they were worried about my sister and I driving drunk. They would always respond that we would NEVER dream of it. The reason for that being that I had several friends die in separate drunk driving accidents before I was finished with high school.

  95. Marietta H says

    Good to know. I have several nieces and nephews that just got their license a few weeks ago.

  96. says

    Excellent tips, I have a teenage half sister that just got her license I will be getting this info to her. She will probably roll her eyes but better for her to think about a little than not think about it at all.

  97. says

    We did not allow our youngest son to get a drivers license while he lived at home and was a minor. This may sound harsh, but he was not mature enough to handle such responsibility. Sometimes parents need to realize this. He now has one, and is living out on his own.

  98. Allyson Hunter says

    My 16 year old just got his license. I spent many months riding with him while he was learning to drive. He also has an investment in the car he is driving so that he understands that he is responsible if he damages the car in any way. I think this helps to build character as well as making him more conscious of what’s happening around him. Yes. the insurance is tremendous for a teenage boy!

  99. Debra Shinabarger says

    My Daughter was taught to stop at the end of our driveway from the time she starting driving.It is a very long driveway.When she was 23 her and her sister were singing not paying attention and a speeding driver fighting with his wife hit her and killed her!That has destroyed our lives so please even when they are not teens anymore remind them of safety when driving!

  100. says

    My daughter is only 6 so have a while yet to worry about this but this article is packed full of great information! Thanks for taking the time to compile this!

  101. Barrie says

    My teen will start with her permit next summer so I totally understand your concerns. My hubby and I have been talking about how a car is a vehicle to get you from place to place. We have also talked about car safety and cell phones for years with her.

    My hubby used to be a deputy and he said you should always call for a police to come to a scene of an accident even if it isn’t major. That way there is a report for insurance instead of ‘he said/she said’ without it.

    Good luck! Remember to breathe!! :)

  102. says

    Unfortunately, my children know all to well what happens when a driver is not concentrating on the road. We are talking more about driver safety since my oldest will be driving soon. My family has been affected by a horrible car accident so hopefully she keeps that in mind while driving.

  103. Lora W. says

    I worry about my son driving in a few years. I think I am going to tell him that paying attention is going to be his biggest challenge. I remember someone telling me when I started that I needed at least two years of driving to be good at it. That stuck with me.

  104. Nicole Daniels says

    This is so important for everyone, especially younger drivers, thank you for the tips so I can pass along to my young friends. Keep aware and stay alive

  105. Kimberly Frzazee says

    Shoo I sure do appreciate this post. I have aniece that’s going to be driving soon and it scares me. She is a sweetheart and hoping she can handle this big wolrd of driving. Its different these days, when I was young You might pass 3 cars coming at you going to town but now its every second theres a car. Its such a different world nowdays.

  106. lisa says

    Good luck! It is scary when kids first start driving. I still don’t like to think about mine driving even though they’re grown up.

  107. M.Clark says

    I have to say, I’m glad I don’t have any teenagers!! Good luck to all who do, and safe driving!!

  108. says

    I am going throgh this with my teen daughter. She just got her learners permit. I agree they need to feel comfortable behind the wheel before they start on the road on their own.